country that invades other countries because they think they may be in
some danger. This strong country just happens to be the biggest arms
dealer in the world, the runner up not even close. This country has over
800 military bases, (maybe as many as 1000) around the world and 0
foreign bases on its territory. This is a rich country that got its
start by slaughtering the inhabitants and taking control of the vast
lands. This country tortures its prisoners, jails more citizens per
capita than any other nation. This country will lock up those who cry
for peace but honor those who lie, cheat and try to destroy all its
freedoms. This country makes millionaires out of scoundrels and liars
and the press is bought and paid for. The leaders say that we must go
to war but stay back in their air conditioned halls of government and
watch as millions of poor people are murdered or injured beyond belief.
This country is not Germany of the 1930s or the U.S.S.R. of the 60s; not
even Italy of the 20s; this is the United States of America of 2011.
My country! I did not serve in the US Navy for this!
The people of the United States approved the "State of the Union"
address by Obama a few weeks ago by a margin of 92% to 8%--I was
stunned. These are just words that have already been forgotten, what
the hell is the matter with our progressives in this country?
Gitmo is still open, DOD is considering pushing the withdrawal dates
back in Iraq, we are still killing women and children in Afghanistan and
now Pakistan. People are losing their homes at alarming rates,
unemployment is at 9-26% depending on who you are and where you live.
We are out of money in Oregon and will cut vital services to our schools
and our most vulnerable citizens and say, "We just don't have the
The cost of our occupations and war for Portland is over 1.4 BILLION
dollars, the cost for Oregon is over 9 BILLION dollars, yet not one
politician has pointed this out during any budget discussions. We
should have a counter in front of our City Hall telling people how much
we are wasting supporting this corrupt empire; maybe people will begin
to understand why we are going broke.
Peacemakers are being arrested or their files, computers and papers are
being stolen by Obama's FBI and Portland is about to rejoin a taskforce
that will be run by the FBI but cost us time and money.
Demonstrations against the occupations have seen their numbers fall as
the Obama Administration has done a number on the unions, national peace
groups, and progressives in name only. (PINO) We only protest on
Saturdays and we do beg the authorities for permission by requesting a
permit---what a sad bunch of weenies we have become. We challenge no
one, we pressure no one, we are losing our republic and all we are
worried about is who got nominated for some award in the movie
industry. We must do more--92% approve of what Obama had to say
War is failure, occupation a disgrace!
"Funding these wars is killing our troops"
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
may have also brooded over the reaction of Emerson, who criticized the
imprisonment as pointless. According to some accounts, Emerson visited
Thoreau in jail and asked, "Henry, what are you doing in there?" Thoreau
replied, "Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?"